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Sangamo price target raised to $34 from $24 at Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo analyst Jim Birchenough raised his price target for Sangamo Therapeutics to $34 from $24 following this morning's clinical update on the company's gene therapy, gene editing and cell therapy pipeline. The stock in morning trading is up 35%, or $3.35, to $12.88. The update was better than expected, particularly for hemophilia gene therapy and beta thalassemia ex vivo gene editing, Birchenough tells investors in a research note. The analyst is "encouraged" by Sangamo's progress against the higher technical hurdle of in vivo genome editing. He believes direct evidence of genome editing, "strong" fetal hemoglobin response and early signs of transfusion independence bode well for ultimate success and should translate into improved likelihood of success in the larger opportunity of sickle cell disease. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating on Sangamo Therapeutics.

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